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Don’t Bet Against Cotton

BY MIKE LAMENSDORF ROLLING FORK, MISS The 2012 crop was probably one of the easiest and least stressful crops I have made in my 30-plus years of farming. The growing season was great, and the weather at harvest for all crops was ideal. With new pickers, we eliminated three boll buggies, four module builders and all the seasonal labor we ... Read More »

Technology Promotes Efficiency

CARROLL SMITH SENIOR WRITER Agriculture technology is coming faster and faster. And, according to Jeremy Jack, who farms 7,500 acres of cotton, corn, soybeans, rice and wheat with his family in Humphreys County, Miss., this is a good thing. “Technology helps us make better decisions on the farm and makes us more efficient,” he says. On his cotton acreage, Jack ... Read More »

Spinners Need Fiber Analysis To Ensure Quality

By Andrew Macdonald Cotton/Textile Consultant ITMF Board Member Meeting Customer Demands What do customers want? The fast evolution of the textile industry is moving toward a more demanding customer. It places product performance initially on the basic raw material, but performance also is being expressed in the form of fashion that is comfortable, protective and lasting. That is why cotton ... Read More »

A Volatile Market

Economists Anderson, Shurley Offer Some Perspective   EDITOR’S NOTE – Texas A&M agricultural economist Carl Anderson and Georgia Extension economist Don Shurley have observed the cotton market for many years and have seen plenty of volatility during that time. In this interview with Cotton Farming Editor Tommy Horton, they take a closer look at recent trends and discuss what might ... Read More »

Did producers make progress in their control of resistant pigweed in 2012?

Kelly Barnett Research Assistant Univ. of Tennessee We have actually made tremendous progress in the last couple of years when glyphosate-resistant pigweed was first identified in Tennessee. Producers have had to get a handle on this and use a whole-system approach. They now know that they have to start out clean and use good pre-emergent herbicide programs and follow that ... Read More »

UC-Davis Scientist Awarded Special Grant

New grants totaling $8.4 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Agency for Internat-ional Development and industry partners are helping University of California-Davis plant scientist Eduardo Blumwald reach out to feed and fuel the world. With his laboratory colleagues, Blumwald uses genetic engineering to improve the drought tolerance and efficiency of switchgrass, a native North American grass valued for ... Read More »

BWCC To Host Consultants Again

Consultants are an important part of cotton production each year and will be one of the most important groups attending the Beltwide Cotton Conferences (BWCC) on Jan. 7-10 in San Antonio, Texas. For the sixth consecutive year, the event will host a Consultants’ Conference that includes a half-day program beginning at noon on Jan. 7 at the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel. ... Read More »